The Virgin, ViV
Three people, strangers, meet.  
On the surface they have little
in common, but they will trans-
form each others' lives.  Pete
Vogelsong, 38, breaking from a
cult, returns to his old college
to start a new career.  Natalie
Neff, 36, takes a menial job on
her way back from horrendous
grief.  Then there is Vivien
McBride, 22, who masks her
pain from a past love affair in
flamboyant promiscuity.

In a time before laptops and
cellphones, before H.I.V. and
the War on Terror, three
strangers meet, wrangle and
grow.  Thanks to Miller's careful
hand, we share their voyage
through confession, friction,
and resolution, through humor,
self-reflection, anguish, mutual
concern and personal evolu-
tion .  We laugh with them, worry
about them, wring our hands at
their decisions, feel their
sorrows and joys, and finally,
as their voices rise from
these pages, we come to
know them as simply unfor-

What more do we ask of a
work of fiction?  This novel
is supremely satisfying.  
Indeed, Miller has given us a
Martha Graham Collins
Set beautifully at Penn State
University, a place called Happy
Valley, this novel investigates the  
adult themes of child abuse,
betrayal, promiscuity, lost love, and
sexual identity.  The quality of the
prose, however, places this novel
far from the realm of erotica, in the
highest place of great literary
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